Although I (Emily) didn’t anticipate finding heart-shaped Fair Trade chocolates in the Valentine section at Safeway, I at least expected to be able to pick up a Fair Trade candy bar from the candy aisle. Nope.
“Find everything you were looking for?” my cashier asked routinely at the checkout counter.
“I couldn’t find any Fair Trade chocolate,” I replied.
“What brand is that?”
“Not a brand. I couldn’t find any chocolate that was certified Fair Trade.”
I expected living in a socially-conscious city like Seattle, this young cashier would be familiar with Fair Trade products (hey, even Starbucks boasts many of their coffees to be Fair Trade).
“Yes, I know, but is there a certain symbol on that brand to show what it is?”
I was dumbfounded.
“Fair Trade is a certification to indicate that a product was not made by slave labor….like Fair Trade coffee. All I could find was Hersheys, Dove, Snickers…”
“Yeah, I know, that’s all we have here.”
Thankfully, our friends at StopTraffickFashion found a Fair Trade alternative that even comes in a Valentine heart, as pictured above.
In addition to chocolate, I’ve highlighted below a few other items that will help make our world and your Valentine’s Day a more positive experience:
Before delving into some passionate lip locking, freshen up using a biodegradable, bamboo handled toothbrush from Smile Squared. Plus, for each environmentally-friendly toothbrush you buy, the company donates one to a child in need. Stock up for you and your partner and enable multiple children to practice good dental hygiene!
OK, maybe a tie is (yawn) rather predictable. But an accessory from Ties for Hunger will not only groom your guy for a fine Valentine’s Day date dinner, all the proceeds from the purchase will help alleviate hunger.
Give your girlfriend a lovely little treasure to brighten her Valentine’s Day and help women in Uganda gain employment and business skills. These delicate Daphne bracelets from 31Bits cost only $10 each, or distribute liberally by purchasing 5 for $9 each.